Fwd: Ask Pope Francis:
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:50:16 -0700 (PDT)
If the mighty UUA can divest, then certainly the piddling Catholic Church
can divest.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: May Boeve - 350.org <350 [at] 350.org>
Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM
Subject: Ask Pope Francis:
To: Scott Jackson <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>


The movement to divest from fossil fuels is based on a fundamentally moral
argument: Investment in the fossil fuel industry is *wrong*. Climate change
is *unjust*.

That's why we think Pope Francis just might listen when we say:

*It's time to divest the Vatican from fossil fuels.*

With the ear of 1.2 billion Catholics and the respect of Christians and
non-Christians alike, Pope Francis is uniquely positioned to add both his
voice and the moral power of his office to the divestment movement.

This Pope understands the threat of climate change. He understands that if
we do nothing, then the impacts of climate change will be horrific, and
will fall hardest on the world's most vulnerable people. He gets that
humans are responsible for protecting the planet -- and ourselves.

*Click here to call on Pope Francis to divest the Vatican. Because caring
for humanity's future is something we can all believe in.*

In the past two years, hundreds of universities, cities, and faith
communities have rallied around the idea of fossil fuel divestment, calling
on institutions to align their investments with their moral principles and
send a clear symbolic message: *The actions of this industry are
incompatible with a livable planet, and we are taking a stand against it.*

Many leaders have responded, with institutions like the Unitarian
Universalists, the United Church of Christ, and the World Council of
Churches committing to fossil fuel divestment in just the past few months.
In June, the University of Dayton in Ohio became the first Catholic
University to divest.

As a person of faith, it's always been my belief that the climate movement
needs to include religious communities if we're going to leverage people
power to create change at the scale we need. In the divestment movement --
and in big, collaborative projects like the People's Climate March
<http://act.350.org/go/5419?t=3&akid=4997.1105958.rQanZD> -- I see that
hope gratified more and more every day.

In the coming months, Pope Francis plans to release an encyclical, one of
the highest forms of Catholic teaching, on humanity’s role in caring for
the Earth. How powerful would it be if the Pope also called for divestment
from fossil fuels?

*Let’s ask Pope Francis to make divestment part of his legacy.

Thank you,

May & the team at 350.org

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